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William John "Billy" Goeckel
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1871
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 1922
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

William John Goeckel was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA., on 3, September 1871, William was the son of John Goeckel and Rosina Roth, both born in Germany, settling in Wilkes-Barre in 1853, however Rosina traveled with her parents to America. John and Rosina where married at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre by 1854, some years later they owned a hotel on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, they had eight children: Mary Elizabeth, Sabina Goeckel, who married Charles Blaum, Emma Goeckel, who was know as Sister Feliciana of the Wilkes-Barre Convent, Rose Goeckel who was a member of the Sisters of Charity, and was known as Sister Alexis, John Goeckel, died in Childhood at age two. The Very Reverend Monsignor Charles Joseph Goeckel of St. Nicholas Church. Mary Louise was a member of the Sisters of Christian Charity, and was know as Sister Frances De Chantal, and William their youngest child.

William spent eight years as a student in the St.Nicholas Parochial School. He then attended the Canisius College at Buffalo (1885-1892), graduating from there with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then enrolled as a student in the Law College of the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with the class of 1896, when he received his degree. Bachelor of Laws.

This Mr. Goeckel was also an athlete of no mean ability, making an especial mark for himself in the sport of baseball, both in college and afterwards. William was on the University of Pennsylvania varsity baseball team in 1893, 1894, and 1895, he was considered the finest collegiate first baseman of his day. He was a member of Wilkes-Barre Baseball Club, and for one year he was its manager. Billy was a Major league baseball player in 1899 He finished his baseball career as a member of the Philadelphia National League team, in the year 1899,

He was also a talented musician and studied harmony for one year under Professor Clark of the University of Pennsylvania. William composed the official song of the university, "The Red and the Blue," while he also composed "Memories" and the "Houston Club March." A tenor, he was also a member and leader of Penn's Glee Club.

In 1896, after his graduation from law school, Goeckel returned to Wilkes-Barre where he served as both player on and manager of the Wilkes-Barre Eastern League team, he was know as "Billy" to his friends and on the baseball field. William J. Goeckel was admitted as an attorney-at-law on 4-18-1898. He was admitted to Philadelphia January last. His law Offices was located in the Simon Long Building in Wilkes-Barre, and with Attorney B. J. Mooney formed the new firm of Goeckel & Mooney.

Billy played one season in the Major Leagues, debuting on August 10, 1899, with the Philadelphia Phillies; he was 27 years old, Bats; Right, Throws: Left, Height; 5'11", Weight: 162, he did not pitch.


His hitting stats for that season was G-37, AB-141, R-17, H-37 2B-3, 3B-1 HR-0, GRSL-0, RBI-16, BB-1, IBB-,SO -, SH-9, SF-,HBP-3, GIDP-, AVG-.262, OBP-.283, SLG-.298.

Fielding Stats - G-36, GS-,OUTS-, TC-404, TC/G-11.2, CH-395, PO-384, A-11, E-9, DP-12, PB-n/a, CASB-n/a, CACS-n/a, FLD%-.978, RF-0.00, ZR-.

Miscellaneous Stats - SB-6, CS-, SB%-, PH-, PR-, DH-n/a, AB/HR-0.0, AB/K-0.00, AB/RBI-8.8, K/BB-, K/9-, BB/9-.

Miscellaneous Items of Interest - Team - 1899 Philadelphia Phillies -Uniform Numbers-n/a, Salary - Undetermined, All-Star - n/a, World Series- n/a.

Billy's last game was September 21 of that year. Billy Goeckel retired completely from baseball after the 1899 season and continue to practice law in Wilkes-Barre. He later became the organizer and attorney of the South Side Bank and Trust company as well as chairman of Wilkes-Barre's Democratic City Committee. He remained an Attorney and continued until the time of his death.

He continued his interest in music as organist and conductor of the St. Nicholas male choir and as president of the Concordia Singing Society. He was director of the St. Nicholas Choir from 1911 until his death in 1922.

Mr. Goeckel was a member of the Knights of Columbus, of Wilkes-Barre, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No.109, and the St. Conrad's Society of St. Nicholas Parish.

William had married, October 30, 1901 at Wilkes-Barre, to Louise M. Schappert, a daughter of Peter and Sophia (Schmitt) Schappert, of that city. Her father Peter is buried at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre under memorial reference #29592959 and her mother Sophia is at the same cemetery at memorial reference #29592961. William and Louise had four children: 1. Marion Louise, and who married Eugene Naith Mulligan, of Wilkes-Barre. 2. William Louis, who graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, 3. Catherine, and 4. Louise.

References and information from Oscar Jewell Harvey Book, Volume VI, pages 43-44, Penn University Archives,, Baseball Almanac, and Luzerne County newspapers.

Research Complied by; Mary Emmett Langdon
Family links: 
  John Goeckel (1828 - 1880)
  Rosina Roth Goeckel (1828 - 1898)
  Louise Schappert Goeckel (1878 - 1958)
  Marion Louise Goeckel Mulligan (____ - 1965)*
  Mary Elizabeth Goeckel (1855 - 1921)*
  Sabina Goeckel Blaum (1856 - 1935)*
  John Goeckel (1863 - 1865)*
  Charles Joseph Goeckel (1866 - 1935)*
  Frances Louise De Chantel (1868 - 1914)*
  William John Goeckel (1871 - 1922)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Nicholas Cemetery
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Record added: Jul 10, 2012
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William John Billy Goeckel
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